Thursday, December 10, 2009


Hi Sweetie!

I hope I didn’t break your heart too much to learn about (dare I say the name), Sugar. I just didn’t want to see you get hurt any further. I know it was a bit harsh but the truth is always a good thing.

Listen. I know you may think this is too soon but I do believe in moving on. There. I said it. And yes, I know you’ve heard this before but there really are more and better fish out there.
So let’s get to fishin’.

Allow me to introduce you to a few of them:

Agave Nectar – this unprocessed, low glycemic index sweetener is a wonderful flavor enhancer.
Carob Powder – A sweet, calcium rich, chocolate-like powder produced from the pods of the carob tree.
Coconut Palm Sugar - Although this item is not raw, it is one of the most nutritious sweeteners available. Great for making raw chocolate.
Lucuma Powder – The powder of an exotic Peruvian fruit, this low sugar sweetener has a flavor similar to maple syrup.
Mesquite Powder – A staple food of the Native American peoples of the southwest, this nutrient-rich sweetener has a molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel.
Really Raw Honey – An anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, highly-nutritious sweetener.
Stevia Concentrate – A potent sugar substitute which actually helps to moderate blood sugar levels.
Vanilla Agave Nectar – a synergistic combination of vanilla powder and agave nectar.
Yacon Root Syrup – The healthiest sweetener in the world. Yacon feeds your friendly bacteria and doesn’t create blood sugar spikes.
Yacon Root Powder – a mildly sweet prebiotic (food for your friendly intestinal bacteria).
Brown Rice Syrup - This is not a raw food item however is great for other diets. Basically to get this syrup, manufacturers will take brown rice and boil it until most of the moisture has evaporated. What is left is a wheat-free and gluten free sweetener that can be used in almost anything.

I’ve also read of people using dried fruit, pureed bananas and applesauce.
Hope this helps to ease your heartache.

And as always, moderation along with how your body responds to it, is very important. Even with the healthier alternatives.



  1. Yes, I use Agave Nectar all the time. I'm currently trying to figure out how much to use to sweeten my smoothies.

    Bananas (the browner/blacker the better) are an EXCELLENT sweetener. You hardly need sugar at all if you catch them at the right time.


  2. Hey Rainbowlens! I feel you on the riper bananas.

  3. Vanilla Agave Nectar sounds yummy! Have regular Agave in cupboard, great sub in for sugar! All the rest listed look great as well, not sure where to purchase, but Whole Foods is a good start;-)

  4. Hey Chai! If you're interested in any of the others you may want to check your local health food stores for the other ones. Or even your farmers/international market may surprise you.


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